As summer temps continue to heat up, I hope you have had a chance to get away this summer. If you are still planning a trip as we move into August, I want to let you in on some of my favorite gardens to visit while on vacation. Whether you have time for a day trip or are planning a longer getaway, my garden recommendations up and down the east coast can help you plan your best trip.
If you live in the central Georgia area like me, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens are the perfect day trip! They are constantly installing new garden projects like the current Alice in Wonderland exhibit. Their website is incredibly user friendly, even offering a step by step process to create an itinerary based on who is going, when you want to go, and how much time you have to spend! Whether you have a free Saturday or a couple hours during the week, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has something for you!
Palm Beach, Florida
A couple months ago I got to take a short getaway to Palm Beach, and it was such a respite from my busy schedule. Palm Beach has so many homes with stunning gardens and architecture and I just loved riding a bike down the streets to take it all in. One of the best gardens in the area is The Society of the Four Arts. The Four Arts Botanical Gardens highlight tropical plants that are perfect for warm and humid climates. Read my full blog here for all my recommendations for visiting Palm Beach from what to eat to where to stay.
Moving on up the coast to one of Georgia’s most beautiful cities is Savannah! Savannah is incredibly full of history as Georgia’s oldest city. Old homes line the streets and stunning ancient trees drape the sidewalk. Many of these homes boast intricate gardens that are often as old as the homes themselves. One of these beautiful homes is the Andrew Low House on Lafayette Square. The Low House Garden is one of the three original 19th century garden plans still left in Savannah. “the distinctive hourglass-shaped beds, were described by the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray in a letter written…during the early 1850’s. The bedding plan has been maintained for 160 years by the family…although plantings within the beds have varied over the years.” Both the home and gardens are a sight to behold!
Gardens of any size are a great place to relax and reflect even on vacation. Wherever I go, I search out stunning landscape both for inspiration and to continue to fuel my creativity. I encourage you to take advantage of the natural beauty all around. There are so many places of stunning creativity across the country that I hope you get a chance to visit while at home or on vacation.